FITT Feb Newsletter 2014

FITT newsletter 2014 – February 21st

Dear Members,

Welcome to our February edition!

If your new resolutions are broken already and you could do with some inspiration, look no further! FITT has a bunch of activities happening over the next few weeks to get you back on track.

Although our mentoring program will be closed for applicants for the 2014 program as of 22nd February. We have a new webinar series coming up to give you a little bit of thinking time in your working day to get inspired and focus on your career.  The first webinar will be on finding the talented stranger within, which is all about quieting our imposter syndrome and feeling we have a right to our achievements.

We are very excited about our forthcoming International Women’s Day events in Sydney and Melbourne within the next few weeks.  All our panellists and speakers are now locked in and you can read all about them on our website here.

Finally we have another exciting event on the FITT calendar, We are partnering with our corporate sponsor Origin Energy to bring FITT members an interesting insight into how IT is shaping the energy industry and how diversity in their workplace is an important part of that change. Meet the CIO of Origin Energy and some of the FITT team at the event on 1st April, More details below.

The FITT Management Committee

FITT – Executive Profile Catrina Dalla

In FITT’s Silver Anniversary year we will intersperse our exec profiles with long standing FITT committee members over the years.  This month we talk to Catrina Dalla, Program Director at HP.

  Catrina Dalla, Program Director, HP

What is your current role and what is your scope?  

I am a program director at HP, am working for HP on an exciting multi-dimensional program that involves business and technology transformation. It’s a good example of how exciting it is to lead programs that makes sense and deliver multiple benefits.

What attracted you to a career in ICT?
I went straight from studying engineering, into a project management graduate program at Lend Lease, twenty-five years ago, and have not looked back since. I’ve spent much of my career directing global teams on business and IT transformation programs.

What does work life balance mean to you?
As a working Mum, I remember to be grateful for an amazing career supported by a close-knit community. I've observed that working mothers who take on career challenges are better at not sweating the small stuff.

What attracted and kept you in the ICT industry throughout your career?
I love waking up and knowing that today I could be engaging with a diverse range of people from all around the world. Increasingly I am also enjoying coaching high performers through my roles and via FITT and advising my clients day to day

What ambitions personal or professional do you still want to achieve?
I have deliberately stretched myself during my career to take on challenges: new subject matter, new environments, new technologies and new cultures but there are so many things I still want to achieve and continuing to learn about technology and how it impacts the lives of people is fascinating.

All Panelists now confirmed for the FITT VMware International Women’s Day lunches 2014, have you got your tickets yet? 
The theme this year is: Inspiring Change and what a wonderful theme to celebrate FITT’s 25 year anniversary, join us and our panel of high profile female executives to pose and answer questions around what has changed for women in ICT over the past 25 years since FITT began and what is still left to achieve.

We now have all our panelists confirmed, check out the FITT website to see their full bios

On arrival guests will be served drinks and encouraged to network and make new connections, then served a 2 course lunch whilst listening to and participating in a robust panel discussion featuring some of the most prominent women in the ICT Industry. 

Doltone House                  
Jones Bay Wharf               
Pyrmont, NSW                  

Friday 7th March 2014       

12.00: Arrival and networking drinks
12.30: Seated for 2 course lunch and panel discussion
14.30: Close

Panelists Sydney:
•    Pamela Young (Author of Stepping out)
•    Maggie Alexander (FITT Founder and Consultant)
•    Ann Moffatt (FITT Founder)
•    Rhody Burton (Sales Director, Channels at SAP)

Panel Discussion facilitated by Bridget Gray, MD Harvey Nash and FITT Strategy and Networking lead


To register for Sydney click here:
or visit:

Myers Mural Hall
Level 6,341-336 
Bourke Street Melbourne, Vic 3000

Wednesday 12th March 2014

12.00: Arrival and networking drinks
12.30: Seated for 2 course lunch and panel discussion
14.30: Close

Panelists Melbourne:
•    Grainne Kearns (CIO, Jetstar)
•    Maggie Alexander (FITT Founder and consultant)
•    Katerina Andronis (Director, Life Sciences & Health Care Industry, Deloitte)
•    Jude Horrill (Head of Communications Global Technology, Services & Operations at ANZ)

Panel discussion facilitated by Bridget Gray, MD Harvey Nash and FITT Strategy and Networking lead


To register for Melbourne email:
or visit: 

Check out pictures from last year’s event on the

Origin Energy & FITT Present: The future of energy and the role IT plays

Presented by 

Olaf Pietschner, CIO, Origin Energy
Monica Graham, Senior IT Business Partner, Origin Energy
Sue Mortimer, Senior IT Business Partner within Retail, Origin Energy

Tuesday 1st April 12.00pm -1.30pm, Exhibition Street, Melbourne

Join FITT and our Corporate Partner Origin Energy for lunch and gain a glimpse into the way the energy industry is transforming for the future and how technology plays an integral and strategic role in Origin’s vision.

A focus on gender diversity to build a more diverse workplace, has also earned Origin recognition as an Employer of Choice for Women by the Australian Government’s Equal Opportunity for Women in the Workplace Agency.

At the luncheon you will hear about one of the country’s largest energy projects, the $24.7 billion Australia Pacific LNG and the business challenges a project of this magnitude creates, along with major IT opportunities and solutions. 

IT is also helping to drive change for consumers, from the digital landscape to designing smart connected homes for the future and we will provide insight into this dynamic front-end of the business.
Tickets are complimentary and places are limited, book now to avoid missing out!

About Origin Energy

Origin Energy is the leading Australian integrated energy company focused on gas and oil exploration and production, power generation and energy retailing. A member of the S&P/ASX 20 Index, the company has approximately 6,000 employees and is a leading producer of gas in eastern Australia.

Origin is Australia’s largest energy retailer servicing 4.3 million electricity, natural gas and LPG customer accounts and has the country’s largest and one of the most flexible generation portfolios with approximately 6,010 MW of capacity.

In Queensland, Origin is jointly developing Australia’s largest coal seam gas to liquefied natural gas project, through Australia Pacific LNG. This, plus its interests in a number of other Australian and international energy projects, sees it working towards an exciting and rewarding future. 
Origin Energy has been recognised as an employer of Choice for Women by the Australian Government’s Equal Opportunity for Women in the Workplace Agency. Origin is committed to providing equality of opportunity and a rewarding workplace for all employees. This is achieved by a focus on ensuring fair representation and equal treatment of women throughout all levels of its workforce.

FITT 2014 Webinar – 27th March 2014 – Register now!

Find the Talented Stranger Within

Join us for a 1 hour lunchtime webinar on March 27, 2013 at 12:00 PM AEST.

Register now - Spaces are limited!

So many people suffering from the feeling of not being good enough, also known as the Imposter Syndrome, have never recognised their own talents and successes which makes it impossible for them to make their unique contribution. In this webinar, the concept of the Imposter Syndrome is introduced in a way that helps individuals recognise the symptoms in themselves (70%) or others they are close to. You get to see the typical coping behaviours and understand the business and work benefits and consequences. Through case studies and personal experience, you will see how you can move beyond Imposterhood™ to discover and release the talented stranger within – for the benefit of all you associate with.

Presented by Suzanne Mercier, Managing Director, Liberate Leadership

Suzanne Mercier
Managing Director

Suzanne is a highly experienced strategist, leadership champion and expert in the area of human potential and has been improving business and individual performance for more than 25 years. Her focus is on removing the barriers to performance for talented Leaders and Managers within organisations. As a result, she has improved employee engagement and enhanced performance at every level.

As the first female Board Director of George Patterson Advertising and a strategy planner for the agency, Suzanne worked to create maximum customer engagement for leading brands in banking, food, cosmetics, animal products, beverages, fine china and crystal.

In her high level marketing roles with Amatil and Schwarzkopf, Suzanne was responsible for the launch of several well-known fast moving consumer goods brands that remain on the shelves today.

Suzanne develops and delivers transformational keynotes, activities-based workshops, training programmes and Executive Coaching designed to identify and remove the barriers to performance at all levels, liberate leadership, improve management capability and identify potential to enhance business results.

Her clients come from a wide variety of industries including shopping centre management, insurance, financial services, technology, heavy equipment, marketing & sales promotion, recruitment, health, fitness, cosmetics, commercial real estate, professional services, publishing and industry funds.

She is a thought provoking speaker and a published author. Suzanne’s most recent book “Liberate Leadership. How the Imposter Syndrome undermines leadership capability and what to do about it.” was published in August, 2012.

To register for this webinar, click here.


BCD Luminaries Scholarship, Sydney
Applications closing Friday 28 February

The team at behind closed doors are excited to announce the behind closed doors luminaries scholarship for 2014 in The Sydney is open for applications.

behind closed doors luminaries scholarship offers businesswomen aspiring to executive roles the opportunity to further expand their leadership and management skills.  The scholarship takes the form of an annual membership in the behind closed doors luminaries program run in New South Wales valued at $7,000.00 plus GST.

The behind closed doors luminaries program was created in response to a need for aspiring businesswomen to have a support network where they can discuss strategies, issues and challenges in a totally confidential environment, while at the same time encourage each other to extend themselves further to achieve and succeed in new environments.

The program’s objectives aim to

  • Deliver practical management and leadership sessions to generate more effective leaders.
  • Provide a confidential businesswomen’s support network.
  • To extend individuals personally and professionally.
  • Encourage and support members to nominate for Board and committee positions.
  • Mentor peers to accept greater professional challenges and roles.
  • Assist members to participate in awards programs such as the Telstra Business Women’s Awards.
  • Increase the calibre and expertise of female managers and leaders within organisations.
  • To provide a clear development path for women moving through to executive roles.
The winner of the scholarship will be assigned to a behind closed doors luminaries group in Sydney.  The group meets 10 times a year and each session runs for three hours from 12pm to 3pm at a Boardroom located in the city and includes a light lunch.

Applications for the 2014
behind closed doors luminaries scholarship close 5.00pm Friday 28th February 2014.

For further information on how to apply for the
behind closed doors luminaries scholarship, along with the eligibility criteria, please refer to our website at __________________________________________________________




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